SAFC Postgame Quotes - vs. Portland Timbers 2 10.11.17
"We got 3 points which secures a home seed for at least the first round of playoffs, which is something we set out to do at the start of the year. We're pleased to accomplish that, but we have to continue to improve as we head into the playoffs."
(On the opponent...)
"Portland has not had the strongest of seasons in terms of results, but they have a different mission with developing younger players, and I thought tonight you saw a very competitive team, players that wanted to play and were brave to get on the ball."
(On Ryan Roushandel...)
"If there were an award for who has the most jobs in the club, then Ryan would certainly win it. He takes a lot of pride coming from San Antonio FC and for him to have that moment and for the whole academy be at the game [was great]. Last night he was on the field training those boys, so it's a special moment and for Ryan to get that goal was quite fitting."
(On the improvements over the year...)
"I appreciate all the effort of the players and the staff to put us in this position, and we're all very motivated to continue to keep getting better. At the end of the year, we may take a little bit of time to reflect but right now it's making sure this team is prepared and ready to step on the field and give it their best shot going into Saturday night's game."
San Antonio FC midfielder Ryan Roushandel:
(On his game-winning goal and celebration...)
"We're more experienced than they were, and we kind of let them outplay us in the first half, so the second half we wanted to turn up the pressure. Obviously getting the goal is great, and celebrating with my (SAFC Pro Academy) boys is always fun. That's pretty much why I still play this game. For us, it's an important goal, we get the 3 points at home, wipe it off the slate, and get ready for our last game."
(On the opponent...)
"They had nothing to lose tonight, so when they have nothing to lose they can take risks, they can take chances, and press us. It's good for us to work on that anyway to see what that's like going into playoffs, when it's a high-pressure situation every single minute of the game."
(On the team's improvement since last year...)
"It's been kind of a whirlwind, it's been awesome to see how the team's changed and how the club has grown, but as of now that's something we'll worry about at the end of the year. We'll reflect on it, but first let's see how we can finish the season now. That's all we're thinking about."
San Antonio FC midfielder Michael Reed:
(On the clinch of a home match...)
"We've had a goal all year to take it one game at a time. We had a great start to the season and that was our mentality. We can't look in the past, and we can't really look in the future, so we have to play for the present and be the best we can every day, and go from there."
(On closing out the regular season against their rivals...)
"I think with RGV and the history we have with them, the guys are more motivated just to beat RGV. We'll play the game as we usually do- one game at a time. Then once that game is done, we'll look at the team we're playing in the playoffs, because every team in this league is different, and we'll rise to the challenge."
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